Thursday, September 22, 2005
It's well worth the time to point out how quickly and professionally both JetBlue and local police and fire agencies across Los Angeles County handled the Flight 292 incident.
As the plane came to rest, scores of fire and rescue vehicles sped toward it across the tarmac. But the passengers and crew emerged unhurt, some walking down the stairs waving to cameras and giving one another high-fives.
Burke had delivered what experts said was a "perfect" touchdown of a crippled aircraft.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who spoke to the pilot at the airport, praised him.
"He walked off the plane with a big smile on his face, just cool as a cucumber. He joked that he was sorry he put the plane down 6 inches off the center line," Villaraigosa said.
Newsday has complete details about the event. "It was a very, very safe landing," Los Angeles Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Lou Roupoli said. "The pilot did an outstanding job. He kept the plane on its rear tires as long as he could before he brought it."